Author, Jon Robinson, recently visited our School and gave a presentation to a group of pupils about writing his critically acclaimed, Nowhere, trilogy.
Jon spoke to 130 Year 9 pupils who had been invited to meet him, about his tense and gripping Nowhere novels which have been described as 'thrilling and chilling in equal measure’. Jon’s enthralling debut novel, Nowhere, was published in 2013; it finished on a nail-biting cliffhanger paving the way for Anywhere, the second riveting book in the series, in 2014.
“Jon’s event focused on getting into writing, his journey to becoming a published author and the themes that run through the series including the psychology of imprisonment, labelling, peer pressure, brainwashing and the malleability of memory,” explained Ms Irena Savova, the school librarian. “I think author visits are a wonderful way of engaging children and encouraging them to become keen readers It puts the fun back into reading, widens the pupils’ reading horizons, encourages the pupils to write their own stories and gets the school buzzing about reading.”
“What better way to encourage reading for pleasure, than by having a top author enthuse and motivate the pupils about the joy of reading?” said Ms Maria Evans, Head of English. “Meeting an author in real life and hearing them convey their passion for their work can fundamentally alter a young person’s attitude towards books and ignite a life-long love of reading.”
Ms Evans added: “Books are important. They inspire, they inform, they delight; they encourage independent thought, invention and empathy. Studies have shown that children who read for pleasure achieve significantly more, regardless of background, than those who don't. Those achievements are not just in terms of academic success but include social and emotional behaviour too.”
“Meeting a real live author can increase children's interest in books, help them understand how books are produced and boost the confidence of any aspiring writers,” commented Mrs Fiona Minshall, Head Teacher at Saint Paul’s. “A visit by an author is a great way to inspire children and bring reading to life.”